Best Quotes About Parenting

No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal. -Bill Cosby

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood, but it didn't because parenting can only be learned by people who have no children. -Bill Cosby

Parents are key when it comes to keeping kids off drugs. Good parenting is the best anti-drug we have. -Mel Carnahan

I grew up with no money. My kids will grow up with a lot of money and so it's really important to me, and it will always be a part of my parenting, to keep them conscientious and connected socially to other people. -Ryan Phillippe

Abortion is defended today as a means of ensuring the equality and independence of women, and as a solution to the problems of single parenting, child abuse, and the feminization of poverty. -Robert Casey

If there is any truth to my parenting the dreamwork movement, it comes from the power of the press. -Henry Reed

I'm hosting weekend retreats all over America. It is like a 24-hour slumber party for moms. We laugh, eat, play games, get massages, win prizes, talk about parenting and even cry a bit. -Lisa Whelchel

I'm a parent, especially when you've had the intense parenting the way I had. It's all in the bank. It's all in the great experience bank. Those are your secrets. That's the stuff that makes your work rich, that's what you dip into. -Hector Elizondo

I would like to do another piece of fiction dealing with a number of issues: Lesbian parenting, the 1960's, and interracial relationships in the Lesbian and Gay community. -Audre Lorde

Indeed – judicious, consistent parenting is a dream of mine. No judgements, learning space and listening carefully are my goals. -Emma Thompson

What lingers from the parent's individual past, unresolved or incomplete, often becomes part of her or his irrational parenting. -Virginia Satir

We must return optimism to our parenting. To focus on the joys, not the hassles; the love, not the disappointments; the common sense, not the complexities. -Fred G. Gosman

My kids love it. I thought I was the coolest dad in the world when I got to be in a Bond film, but 'Harry Potter', too? Well, I think I qualify for a medal for exceptional parenting or something, don't you? -Robbie Coltrane

I barely have time for my own children. To adopt more children and not have time for them, that would be poor parenting on my part. -Mary J. Blige

I thought that once we were out of the baby stage, parenting would be a breeze. -Tori Spelling

I take parenting incredibly seriously. I want to be there for my kids and help them navigate the world, and develop skills, emotional intelligence, to enjoy life, and I'm lucky to be able to do that and have two healthy, normal boys. -Joan Cusack

I'm torn about late parenting. I believe people should spend their twenties living and having fun and not having any regrets later. I also think people in their thirties generally make better parents but so many of my friends are having trouble – myself included – as fathers get older. -Eric McCormack

I had three children while doing a show, as demanding as 'Good Morning America,' so this is – you know, it's almost like I'm less daunted about motherhood, and parenting at this point in time. And I think I'm just much more fit and healthy than I was 20-years-ago. -Joan Lunden

I hope to find the roles that are age appropriate but not yearning to be younger, or parenting ad nauseam. -Debra Winger

Autism is a neurological disorder. It's not caused by bad parenting. It's caused by, you know, abnormal development in the brain. The emotional circuits in the brain are abnormal. And there also are differences in the white matter, which is the brain's computer cables that hook up the different brain departments. -Temple Grandin

In truth, I am a single mother. But I don't feel alone at all in parenting my daughter. Krishna has a whole other side of her family who loves her, too. And so Krishna is parented by me, but also by her grandmother and aunts and cousins and uncles and friends. -Padma Lakshmi

Women are individuals in parenting, and why not? -Erica Jong

Screaming at children over their grades, especially to the point of the child's tears, is child abuse, pure and simple. It's not funny and it's not good parenting. It is a crushing, scarring, disastrous experience for the child. It isn't the least bit funny. -Ben Stein

No, I've never wanted kids. But I do read about parenting a lot. -Fiona Apple

While not impossible, it is especially challenging for teenage parents to develop bonds with their children. A high percent of them were themselves children of teenage parents and have never experienced appropriate parenting. -Jane Fonda

I'm trying to break any chain of negative parenting that I might have survived. -Eddie Vedder

I'm worried about parents who aren't parenting. -Barbara Bush

Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age. -Jennifer Aniston

Very often when you see families it's all perfect and neat, and parenting isn't like that. You do have constant negotiations. Things are ever developing and ever changing, and you constantly have to evaluate how you deal with your kids. -Clive Owen

We're living in a time when parenting is not at all mirroring the way I was parented. For me, I just followed my parents around on their errands; when they were busy on the phone, I was quiet. It's a different kettle of fish these days: They run the house, and you listen to their music, and you go to their appointments. -Edie Falco

So, you know, parenting is a very intimate and amazing experience and one of the best experiences of my life. -Uma Thurman

Don't reward bad behavior. It is one of the first rules of parenting. During the financial cataclysm of 2008, we said it differently. When we bailed out banks that had created their own misfortune, we called it a 'moral hazard,' because the bailout absolved the bank's bad acts and created an incentive for it to make the same bad loans again. -Eliot Spitzer

I've become sort of an accidental advocate for attachment parenting, which is a style of parenting that… basically, the way mammals parent and the way people have parented for pretty much all of human history except the last 200 years or so. -Mayim Bialik

I have a neuroscience background – that's what my doctorate is in – and I was trained to study hormones of attachment, so I definitely feel my parenting is informed by that. -Mayim Bialik

Attachment parenting is not a passive parenting style. -Mayim Bialik

Relationships are complicated no matter what style of parenting you choose. -Mayim Bialik

I came to parenting the way most of us do – knowing nothing and trying to learn everything. -Mayim Bialik

Kids are a great analogy. You want your kids to grow up, and you don't want your kids to grow up. You want your kids to become independent of you, but it's also a parent's worst nightmare: That they won't need you. It's like the real tragedy of parenting. -Jonathan Safran Foer

I realize that of all people, I am no expert on parenting or marriage. -Mika Brzezinski

For me, Twitter works best as a way of taking pictures of being stuck in traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge. If people really want to read really funny quips about life, parenting, and pop culture, then by all means read Michael Ian Black's tweets. -Michael Showalter

The number of stressors has multiplied exponentially: traffic, money, success, work/life balance, the economy, the environment, parenting, family conflict, relationships, disease. As the nature of human life has become far more complicated, our ancient stress response hasn't been able to keep up. -Andrew J. Bernstein

My grandmother was a kind of Scarsdale, New York, society woman, best known in her day as the author of the 1959 book 'Growing Your Own Way: An Informal Guide for Teen-Agers' – this despite being a person whose parenting style made Joan Crawford's wire hangers look like pool noodles. -Sloane Crosley

Ah, the power of two. There's nothing quite like it. Especially when it comes to paying utility bills, parenting, cooking elaborate meals, purchasing a grown-up bed, jumping rope and lifting heavy machinery. The world favours pairs. Who wants to waste the wood building an ark for singletons? -Sloane Crosley

For decades, parents were told by so-called parenting 'experts' that offspring would be best raised on the belief each is special and entitled to all life has to offer. -Bob Barr

In response to our fast-food culture, a 'slow food' movement appeared. Out of hurried parenthood, a move toward slow parenting could be growing. With vital government supports for state-of-the-art public child care and paid parental leave, maybe we would be ready to try slow love and marriage. -Arlie Russell Hochschild

I think that good parenting should allow children to be children. That naivety and slightly open way of looking at the world is very valuable. -Robert Winston

As a dad, you are the Vice President of the executive branch of parenting. It doesn't matter what your personality is like, you will always be Al Gore to your wife's Bill Clinton. She feels the pain and you are the annoying nerd telling them to turn off the lights. -Jim Gaffigan

I'm endlessly fascinated by parenting, marriage, my wife and the ins and outs of marriage. -Rob Delaney

My worldview, my philosophy, my attitudes, my relationships, my parenting, my marriage – everything has been transformed by my relationship with Christ. -Lee Strobel

When I was a kid, my mother's parenting style teetered between benign neglect and intense bouts of violence. -Ariel Gore

There is no job more important than parenting. This I believe. -Ben Carson

I come from a dysfunctional family, so my views of parents and parenting used to be highly mixed. -Tamora Pierce

I do not think there was anything abusive in my house. Yet, I stand by a lot of my critiques of Western parenting. I think there's a lot of questions about how you instill true self-esteem. -Amy Chua

I sort of feel like people are not that honest about their own parenting. Take any teenage household; tell me there is not yelling and conflict. -Amy Chua

You know, parenting is so personal. And we're all afraid that we didn't quite get it right. And it feels like the stakes are so high. By we – what if we made a mistake? -Amy Chua

Tiger parenting is all about raising independent, creative, courageous kids. In America today, there's a dangerous tendency to romanticize creativity in a way that may undermine it. -Amy Chua

To be honest, I know that a lot of Asian parents are secretly shocked and horrified by many aspects of Western parenting. -Amy Chua

I think there are many ways to raise great kids. From what I can tell, Ayelet Waldman's kids are interesting, strong, and happy, and if that's the case, that's good parenting. -Amy Chua

Happiness is not always through success. Equally, the constant pursuit of success is sure unhappiness. But we have to find the balance. My own thoughts are that parenting is very personal. And we all feel enormous insecurity about parenting. What are they going to think of us 20 years down the line? -Amy Chua

We put more emphasis on who can drive a car than on who can be a parent. And I think there ought to be mandatory parenting classes starting in high school, and you should have to have a license to be able to be a parent to explain that you don't give alcohol to kids. -Dale Archer

Learning from wolves to interact with pet dogs makes about as much sense as, 'I want to improve my parenting – let's see how the chimps do it!' -Ian Dunbar

Here's a confession: I hate parenting books. I hate the ones that are earnest and repetitive. -Bruce Feiler

I set out to write an anti-parenting parenting book. -Bruce Feiler

I'm afraid the parenting advice to come out of developmental psychology is very boring: pay attention to your kids and love them. -Alison Gopnik

My husband's a pediatrician, so he and I talk about parenting all the time. You can't raise children who have more shame resilience than you do. -Brene Brown

If I feel good about my parenting, I have no interest in judging other people's choices. If I feel good about my body, I don't go around making fun of other people's weight or appearance. We're hard on each other because we're using each other as a launching pad out of our own perceived deficiency. -Brene Brown

The uncertainty of parenting can bring up feelings in us that range from frustration to terror. -Brene Brown

Ironically, parenting is a shame and judgment minefield precisely because most of us are wading through uncertainty and self-doubt when it comes to raising our children. -Brene Brown

I'm not a parenting expert. In fact, I'm not sure that I even believe in the idea of 'parenting experts.' I'm an engaged, imperfect parent and a passionate researcher. I'm an experienced mapmaker and a stumbling traveler. Like many of you, parenting is by far my boldest and most daring adventure. -Brene Brown

I believe that at least 70 percent of parenting goes to the mother. In our house, I'm the one who knows about all the school stuff, helps with the homework, organizes the play dates, and remembers the birthday parties. -Cindy Crawford

I think we've moved to thinking of parenting and pregnancy as something in which you should lose yourself. -Emily Oster

The basic idea that incentives can be used to motivate behavior is a powerful one. It works for employees, and it has a clear place in parenting, as anyone who has tried to potty-train a recalcitrant toddler with sticker rewards knows. -Emily Oster

My approach to parenting is that everything is open – everything. I'm not very good at covert, or subtle, and I've had to learn timing. I do blunder in a bit. -Dawn French

Attachment parenting demands not just certain actions you take with your baby but also certain emotional states to accompany those actions. -Hanna Rosin

If two very different people pool their DNA, they'll create more genetic variety, and their young will come to the job of parenting with a wider array of skills. -Helen Fisher

My parents were divorced when I was a young teenager, and I was raised by a single mother after that. So, I understand the difficulties that families have. I understand single parenting. -Michele Bachmann

I don't claim to know everything about parenting, but I do know parents do their children a disservice by constantly sugarcoating their shortcomings to protect their feelings. -LZ Granderson

There's nothing to be gained, and much to be lost, in trying to bend every child to match a one-size-fits-all notion of what it means to be a boy or girl of a specific age. Better to set a few parameters and then go with the flow. Call it 'jazz parenting.' -Ezekiel Emanuel

Don't judge other people. For example, if you want God's anointing to be on you for parenting, you need to be careful not to criticize other parents. -Joyce Meyer

Whether I'm running, working, relating, parenting, learning – whatever I'm doing, I want to surround myself with people who push me. -Kristin Armstrong

I really like 'Shameless' because it brings up important issues, but we get to talk and laugh and look at something that's really important that's a problem, like alcoholism and bad parenting. It's done in a funny, smart way. -Justin Chatwin

The parenting bit is much harder than the acting bit. You just never know what to do. -Helena Bonham Carter

The thing about parenting rules is there aren't any. That's what makes it so difficult. -Ewan McGregor

Giving kids whatever they ask for is disastrous parenting. There's no sense of something earned. I'm sorry, but when you're 12, you don't need a new cell phone every few months just because a new one comes out. -Ewan McGregor

The most rewarding aspect of parenting is seeing my children be authentic. The most rewarding thing for me is to see them do anything that they're proud of. -Jamie Lee Curtis

The challenging part of parenting for me is to make sure that an individual person is an individual and not some sort of cookie-cutter version of me. At the same time, I want to make sure that I impart my sense of the world as an adult. -Jamie Lee Curtis

Parenting isn't just parenting your own child. -Lewis Black

I think Lincoln had a unique parenting style. He let his kids run free and wild. -Steven Spielberg

The truth about parenting is that the reality of our lives needs to be enough. -Jessica Valenti

I think that the ideal of parenting can make people unhappy. It's that this lie that they're being told by society that parenting is one thing – and when parenting is something completely different – that's what makes them unhappy. -Jessica Valenti

The secret to success, to parenting, to life, is to not count up the cost. Don't focus on all the steps it will take. Don't stare into the abyss at the giant leap it will take. That view will keep you from taking the next small step. -Regina Brett

I would love to have kids one day. In fact, I'm pretty good with them. I grew up with five half-siblings, the youngest of whom is 11 years younger than me, so I think I learned some pretty cool parenting skills quite early on in life. -Matthew Perry

Modern parents want to nurture so skillfully that Mother Nature will gasp in admiration at the marvels their parenting produces from the soft clay of children. -George Will

The government cannot overcome bad parenting. What our leaders can do is publicly condemn irresponsible parental behavior in vivid terms. -Bill O'Reilly

Sociologists well understand that chaos at home causes violent behavior, educational failure and social alienation among children. Yet, many of us in America stay far, far away from this topic. That in itself is a national scandal. Bad parenting is gravely harming this nation. -Bill O'Reilly

I'm not the first to admit that raising a child in Park Slope, Brooklyn, can bear an embarrassing resemblance to the TV show 'Portlandia.' My wife and I try to have some ironic distance from the culture of organic, chemical-free parenting, but we're often participants. -Adam Davidson

I love, love, love being an actor – it's still the hardest and scariest thing I do, outside of parenting. But I've always been someone who likes a busy day. -Sarah Jessica Parker

I've been lucky enough to live through all the things that are supposed to give meaning to our lives, like parenting, grandparenting, art, celebrity. All these things you expect meaning to come from, and sometimes it comes when you're not expecting it. -Alan Alda

My son was five months old, and I built a makeshift studio in my living room so that I could do the attachment parenting approach and write the record at the same time. That was fortuitous, that we could build that in the house. -Alanis Morissette

Tell me how a person judges his or her self-esteem, and I will tell you how that person operates at work, in love, in sex, in parenting, in every important aspect of existence – and how high he or she is likely to rise. The reputation you have with yourself – your self-esteem – is the single most important factor for a fulfilling life. -Nathaniel Branden

The science can tell you that the thousands of pseudo-scientific parenting books out there – not to mention the 'Baby Einstein' DVDs and the flash cards and the brain-boosting toys – won't do a thing to make your baby smarter. That's largely because babies are already as smart as they can be; smarter than we are in some ways. -Alison Gopnik

I love to read books that focus on parenting topics because there are so many different ways to do things. I find these books offer a lot of great opinions on many different subjects. -Kourtney Kardashian

We go into parenting, and we discover that we don't have the answers. We are at a loss. -Julia Cameron

My parenting style is probably like that of my parents, because you do how you learn. My mother was very nurturing and loving, but very stern. She was a disciplinary. My dad was also very loving. -Kym Whitley

Society should see parenting as a public health issue and help parents to bring their children up feeling loved. We have birthing classes, but no parenting classes. The latter is desperately needed if we are to avoid self-destruction. -Bernie Siegel

I have this blanket thing about giving parenting advice to parents, and that's: 'Don't take other people's advice on parenting.' -Drew Lachey

I'm not a parenting expert by any means, but I've been interviewing and writing about kids for almost 20 years. -Nancy Jo Sales

From politics to parenting, Christians have something to say. -Monica Johnson

Children live in the only successful Marxist state ever created: the family. 'From each according to his ability, to each according to his need' is the family's practice as well as its theory. Even with today's scattershot patterns of marriage and parenting, a family is collectivist to a more than North Korean degree. -P. J. O'Rourke

I think a generation ago, dads went to work, they came home, and they had their dinner, had a drink, and then went to bed. I don't know what it was like in your house, but that is how it was in mine. I think it is cool to have the dads in the trenches and doing the real parenting work. -Zach Cregger

Do I believe in coupling? Do I believe in commitment? Do I believe in co-parenting, raising children together, having a family, and growing old with someone? I absolutely believe in all of those things. I just don't believe that you need to be married to do that. I love going to weddings, though. I do love a good wedding. -Laura Wasser

We learn much of parenting from our own parents. My love for my father deepened profoundly when he was kind, patient, and understanding. -James E. Faust

As a rule, I try to steer clear of opinions pertaining to your parenting. I assume you're doing the best you can, and God bless. -Emma McLaughlin

Edith Vonnegut behaved like a guest in her children's lives. To her way of thinking, parenting came under the general heading of household tasks, which, as a wealthy woman, she could pay others to do. -Charles J. Shields

A parentologist is a person who writes a book about parenting that is very clear about answers to, 'How am I supposed to raise my child?' Some of these well-intentioned people may be a bit too sure-footed on the sometimes slippery slope of parenting. -Clyde Edgerton

My guess is that good and bad parenting is spread fairly evenly across different social groups. But can you imagine Tony Blair lecturing the middle class on how to bring up their children? He is far more comfortable as a latter-day exponent of the Poor Law mentality. -Martin Jacques

In my experience (I am the lone father of an eight-year-old boy who lost his mother when he was one year old), parenting is the most difficult of all jobs: forget your chief executives, editors, prime ministers and the like – parenting is far more challenging. -Martin Jacques

Single parenting is sometimes just a case of sitting around by yourself in mild despair, not knowing what to do. -Simon Van Booy

Many people think that discipline is the essence of parenting. But that isn't parenting. Parenting is not telling your child what to do when he or she misbehaves. Parenting is providing the conditions in which a child can realize his or her full human potential. -Gordon Neufeld

Everywhere, people are discovering that doing things more slowly often means doing them better and enjoying them more. It means living life instead of rushing through it. You can apply this to everything from food to parenting to work. -Carl Honore

To me, Slow parenting is about bringing balance into the home. Children need to strive and struggle and stretch themselves, but that does not mean childhood should be a race. Slow parents give their children plenty of time and space to explore the world on their own terms. -Carl Honore

Slow parents understand that childrearing should not be a cross between a competitive sport and product-development. It is not a project; it's a journey. Slow parenting is about giving kids lots of love and attention with no conditions attached. -Carl Honore

Smaller families mean we have more time and money to lavish on each child. Parents are more anxious because small families give them less experience of parenting and put their genetic eggs in fewer baskets. -Carl Honore

My parents were definitely on the incentive side of parenting. Like, they told me that my father had learned to read when he was three. So, of course, I thought I had to, too. -Chelsea Clinton

Kids are fat because of lack of parenting. -Ben Shapiro

It's difficult to keep that perspective, I think, as a parent: to know your boundaries as to what's good parenting or just projecting your own expectations on your kids. That's the hardest. -Anthony Edwards

I want to speak directly to the audience, to say, 'I'm like you – I'm frustrated, I'm not an expert, I don't have a manual on parenting, I make mistakes, I'm selfish too.' -Bernie Mac

There's no handbook for parenting. So you walk a very fine line as a parent because you are civilizing these raw things. They will tip the coffee over and finger-paint on the table. At some point, you have to say, 'We're gonna have to clean that up because you don't paint with coffee on a table.' -Gary Oldman

The children who are 'our future' will inherit a world created not just by parental devotion but by the sort of zealous, focused endeavors that can preclude good parenting. -Virginia Postrel

No matter how much time you spend reading books or following your intuition, you're gonna screw it up. Fifty times. You can't do parenting right. -Alan Arkin

Being a mother of two myself – and two small girls – I think that single parenting is hard. -Sarah Clarke

Some men don't want to be responsible fathers. It's easier to say 'Let's just turn the kids over to the state.' Women end up bearing the entire load, raising kids alone without a husband to share the parenting. -Tim Huelskamp

I can only speak for my husband and myself, but we don't feel like we could do any of this parenting without our faith. -Jodi Benson

Loving and parenting a dog as a single parent can create all sorts of new and unusual problems, but also new sources of joy. -Jenna Morasca

I told my kids when they were little, 'Look, kids, your mother and I are screwing you up somehow. We don't understand how, or we wouldn't do it. But we're parents. So somehow we're damaging you, and I want you to know that early. So just ignore me when I go to that part of my parenting.' -Pat Conroy

We all, as parents, are laughing at ourselves and helicopter parenting and saying, 'This isn't the way we were parented; we were allowed to run free.' When I talk to my friends, we are all fascinated by what we are doing, but we can't seem to stop ourselves. -Liane Moriarty

Being a father of three children and grandfather to nine, I do think that this thing called 'parenting' is becoming increasingly difficult. -Craig T. Nelson

Nobody ever becomes an expert parent. But I think good parenting is about consistency. It's about being there at big moments, but it's also just the consistency of decision making. And it's routine. -Sebastian Coe

You can make sure your kids make their beds and hang up their clothes and put their dishes in the dishwasher when you're the one calling the shots. So, parenting alone, for me anyway, I think is almost easier, being single. -Jane Kaczmarek

I think parenting these days is definitely different from when a lot of people grew up. As much blame as we give a lot of our kids for what they're not doing… I also try to give them as much credit for dealing with things that we didn't have to deal with. Bullying was one on one and face to face. Now it's all over the Internet. -Nelly

Step-parenting and being a step-sibling presents a lot of exciting opportunities. When families break up and re-form, there may be less order, less certainty, and a bit more trauma involved, but kids can end up having half-a-dozen parent figures. -Morris Gleitzman

No work-family balance will ever fully take hold if the social conditions that might make it possible – men who are willing to share parenting and housework, communities that value work in the home as highly as work on the job, and policymakers and elected officials who are prepared to demand family-friendly reforms – remain out of reach. -Arlie Russell Hochschild

I think parenting is very different now. We're totally governed by our children! -Andy Serkis

In Los Angeles, parenting is a competitive sport. From Beverly Hills baby boutiques to kids' yoga classes, L.A. fuses high style, industrial-strength materialism, and parental outsourcing into our own unique version of child-rearing. -Shawn Amos

I've decided the secret of parenting is benevolent neglect. -Barry Humphries

I'm doing a lot of parenting work and acting as a spokesperson. I have a clothing line and a line of toys. -Josie Bissett

I have a shallow understanding of what it means to be alive, and I know certain things about parenting and being a wife and doing the school run. I know little bits, but I'm really a paddler on a beach. -Tamsin Greig

People who choose not to have kids do so because they respect the job of parenting so much that they know not to take it on if they know it's not something that they're up for, and I don't know what to be a bigger tribute to parenting than that. -Meghan Daum

That's my parenting style – 'Go watch the TV.' I'm one of 11 children, and my mother's parenting style was, 'There's the TV. Go watch it. Mommy's got 10 other people to take care of.' -Stephen Colbert

My father once said about being a parent that it is the only thing you do that requires a very long period of learning, and at about the time that you are becoming competent, you don't need the skills anymore. Notwithstanding this modest assessment of their parenting skills, they were wonderful parents. -Michael Spence

We had a kid. The kid was awesome. She didn't fall asleep easily. We complained about it. We got frustrated. But we didn't look for an out. We just accepted that this was part of parenting. -Adam Mansbach

When it comes right down to it, developing a critical sensibility about parenting isn't really about disapproval; it's about honing your own sensibilities, figuring out how you want to parent. -Adam Mansbach

Sleeping is one of the more private aspects of parenting; it happens in a quiet room, whereas eating is a more public aspect of parenting. Other people can see it and compare it to what their kids eat. -Adam Mansbach

It's hilarious to me that by writing an obscene fake children's book I am mistaken for a parenting expert. -Adam Mansbach

Should kids check phones at dinner? I don't know. To me, that's a parenting choice. -Sundar Pichai

Most moms and dads, they want to be good moms and dads. But it's an incredibly hard job when you are stressed out, when you are poor, when your life is in chaos. And giving them some of the tools to be better parents, to whittle away at that parenting gap, gives those kids a much better starting point in life. -Nicholas Kristof

Some have said that 'Frankenstein' is a story of a bad parenting giving rise to a troubled child. -Dave Morris

Being a chef isn't the ideal career to intersect with parenting, but I try to be in my kids' lives as much as possible. -Wylie Dufresne

I am always trying to evolve, so I like to read parenting books and things like that. -Kourtney Kardashian

My work makes me a better mom. It gives me a little door to step out of my parenting and bring the excitement from my day back home. -Christie Brinkley

I'm not a parent, but it seems to me the nature of parenting is contingent, full of unexpected challenges – which is one of the wonderful and amazing things about it. -Stacey D'Erasmo

Gerard and I pretty much share all parenting responsibilities, although I'm definitely the disciplinarian. -Shakira

I learned that life is about the people around you and the people you give back to. That's what parenting is: You're not there for yourself; you're there for your offspring and everyone else around you. -Conrad Anker

You learn that there's no right way to do it, no wrong way to do it. It's just what you feel comfortable with, to trust that, and don't let anybody box you in to a certain style of parenting or make you feel a certain way about what your kids do. -Stephen Curry

A lot of kids have parents who say, 'Music is hard; maybe you should come up with a Plan B.' Whenever I hear that kind of 'advice,' I think it's bad parenting. I was lucky to have a parent who assured me it was a possibility to pursue music. -Gerald Clayton

Thing is, I went to a born-again Christian high school, was brought up in a traditional Mormon family where these ideas about parenting are of structure and sacrifice. To think outside of that idea of family and parenting that I've grown up with is tough but also very freeing. -Paul Walker

Co-parenting is going great with Britney. The schedule has been worked out over time, and we talk when we need to. It's always about the boys – mostly school stuff – and we make sure we stay on top of that. It's going great. -Kevin Federline

For me, conscious parenting is staying attuned to your child, being really open and in the moment. It means staying as present as possible in your own breath for the betterment of your whole family. -Anna Getty

Parenting is not just about you and your kid; it's also about whomever you're parenting your child with. So there is a kind of 'awareness' involved for everybody. It's all about the way you interact with your child and participate in your child's life. -Anna Getty

Becoming a mother has been the best thing ever for me. It's become my life's work. Not just parenting, but sharing information and encouraging other women to be receptive to the basic nature of motherhood. -Anna Getty

Kids are soft these days, period, end of the story in every respect. People coddle them too much. I'm sick of that; it's irresponsible parenting. Taking care of them is one thing, but turning little boys into little girls because you're coddling them so much, kids need to have experiences on their own. -Bill Goldberg

There's this constant guilt that comes with parenting. You always feel like you're never enough. If you're confident in your parenting, you probably suck at it. -Nia Vardalos

Tyga takes King to school, I take him to school – we pretty much split our time with him down the middle. So, co-parenting isn't bad at all with Tyga. -Blac Chyna

The way I was parented did affect my parenting – probably in the reverse. My dad was pretty strict, and the next generation probably wants to be less strict. -Alan Thicke

Growth doesn't hurt. This is what I've learned. In the end, it doesn't hurt. It hurts while it's happening. But in the end, you know, for life, for parenting, and for the arts, it's not a bad – not a bad thing to try for. -Laura Dern

In parenting, as in judging, the days are long, but the years are short. -Don Willett

I don't think my father considered allowing a teenager to follow his dreams was necessarily good parenting, or even parenting. I think he thought I was a teenager with teenage impulses. I'm pretty sure he knew that if he just let me follow those impulses, it would wind up being very expensive and perhaps even life-endangering. -W. Bruce Cameron

The more we learn, the more we will be confronted with decisions that we've never had to make before about life, about death, about parenting. -Riccardo Sabatini

It's really hard to figure out what they need to know. And that's parenting, in general. It's hard to figure out what would benefit your kids and what would just make them needlessly frightened. -John Ross Bowie

I think letting babies cry it out is barbaric. Why would parenting stop when it's dark outside? You can't expect a baby to know that he's supposed to sleep just because we want to go to bed. -Holly Marie Combs

As soon as you become a parent, everyone gives you their parenting advice. It's like an onslaught of information about how other people do it. -Essie Davis

Whatever needed to be done, I need to know how to do it just as well as my wife. You know, for us to be able to really balance the parenting. It was very humbling, and it was also, um – terrifying. Because, you know, giving a baby a bath for the first time is one of the scariest things you can do on this whole earth. -Jason Isbell

I adore my family. I don't love their politics. I think they're wonderful parents. They were dreadful at parenting. -Alexandra Fuller

The parenting style that is good for grit is also the parenting style good for most other things: Be really, really demanding, and be very, very supportive. -Angela Duckworth

My dad was not super-intentional in his parenting. He was very self-absorbed. I won't say mean or selfish per se, but very self-absorbed. I think he was just thinking out loud. -Angela Duckworth

Offering unequal leaves just reinforces the longstanding notion that parenting responsibilities aren't equal, and that doesn't help anyone. -Christine Tsai

'Kramer vs. Kramer' is one of my favorite films, where you have a story that really juxtaposes a lot of ideas that we have about family and about parenting. -Taylor Sheridan

Asian American success is often presented as something of a horror – robotic, unfeeling machines psychotically hellbent on excelling, products of abusive tiger parenting who care only about test scores and perfection, driven to succeed without even knowing why. -Jenny Zhang

A picture excites the love of parenting that comes through meditation on a child. -John Dickerson

My parenting heroes are the Obamas! They've been married for so long, and it looks like they're having fun, and their kids are down to earth, well-adjusted, and smart. They seem to have a strong family unit that I would like to emulate in my life. -GloZell

Today's new age parenting guarantees you'll hear children screaming, whining, and begging for items and attention in an airplane, store or any other public place. -GloZell

In my career as a writer, I preferred to avoid current events: I wrote young adult novels and book reviews and lifestyle journalism about health and parenting and other such evergreens. -Laura Moser

The best parenting advice I actually got was from Shane McMahon. He was great with me when Brie was pregnant and all that. He said, 'When you have that baby, make sure you take care of Brie first.' -Daniel Bryan

My parents saw their job of parenting as their most important role in life, and I aim to aspire to that. -Andrew Lincoln

I think there's different parenting styles. -Farrah Abraham

Poor parenting may be reflected in poor sibling relationships. -Robert J. Waldinger

Once you've taken account of the quality of sibling relationships, knowing about the quality of parenting doesn't add much information. -Robert J. Waldinger

There have been a lot of times when work and parenting conflicted for me. Every day. -Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Growing up, I've always felt I was from two different worlds. I was born in the U.S., but my parents were born in Vietnam, and they raised my sisters and I with the parenting methods of the Vietnamese culture. -Kelly Marie Tran

Everything that happens to me in a day enhances my parenting. -Pamela Adlon

There's no one right way to be a person, we're all just doing our best. So the same thing should apply to parenting and raising your children and the things you go through. -Busy Philipps

It's interesting as a mom to reflect on your own parenting skills. The core of our beliefs may stay the same, but our perspective changes over the years and evolves with each child that comes through us. -Yolanda Hadid

If I meet a wise person, I think, 'Yes, tell me more about parenting, about marriage, about how to stay in love. Tell me more about how to be a decent person living in a world that's filled with chaos.' -Min Jin Lee

In parenthood, there's so much fear around parenting in this day and age, and there's so much fear around technology. -Rosemarie DeWitt

There is a lot of parenting that's completely out of your control, but I think we live in an era right now where we think if, God forbid, you couldn't talk to someone, you would flip out – you know what I mean? -Rosemarie DeWitt

Do remember to pick your battles when you start parenting your stepchildren. -Emily V. Gordon

All children will do things that you may not want them to. That's part of parenting. -Carl Hart

My best parenting advice would be not to take the job too seriously. Teach your kids to be nice, and everything else falls into place. -Ben Falcone

Sadness, irritability, fatigue, and distractedness are among the most common side effects of grief while parenting. -Rachel Simmons

Somebody once told me I treated my smart phone like Wilson, the volleyball Tom Hanks turns into a friend when he's stranded on a desert island in that movie 'Castaway.' It's an apt comparison: parenting a toddler occasionally feels like being marooned, and your phone is your only connection to the rest of the world. -Rachel Simmons

Launching a kid into college is about more than having the money to pay for it. Parents invest so much of their time and identities in the process that it can feel like a part time job. For many parents, the college your child ends up attending becomes a parenting grade. -Rachel Simmons

If you want to stand with me as a single mom – and I know so many of my friends and colleagues do – please don't appropriate my burden as a way to validate your own. To suggest that you are single-parenting when you are simply solo for the weekend devalues what real single mothers do. -Rachel Simmons

Gorsuch showed his true colors to the LGBTQ community when, in one of his first dissenting opinions on the high court, he advocated limiting the reach of the landmark 2015 marriage equality ruling by denying certain parenting rights to same-sex couples. -Sarah McBride

I ask only child-free pals for parenting advice because they're the only ones sane and well-rested enough to have any real insight. -Glennon Doyle Melton

I think that being a parent has expanded my writing, expanded my understanding of my characters, and has added a depth and richness to my work. Having kids deepened my idea of parenting and all the anxieties that come along with it. -Jesmyn Ward

Perfectionism is really a challenge for me, and it causes me to be super-critical of myself in so many ways: about body image constantly; about parenting; about being a mother. -Jennifer Nettles

Deciding together to have a child and sharing in child-rearing do not immunize a marriage. Indeed, collaborative couples can face other problems. They often embark on such an intense style of parenting that they end up paying less attention to each other. -Stephanie Coontz

Hyper-parenting has many pitfalls. Overprotected and overpraised children may develop an inflated sense of entitlement. -Stephanie Coontz

Cohabitation itself doesn't cause ineffective parenting. -Stephanie Coontz

Marriage is no longer the main way in which societies regulate sexuality and parenting or organize the division of labor between men and women. -Stephanie Coontz

Labeling people single parents, for example, when they may in fact be co-parenting – either with an unmarried other parent in the home or with an ex-spouse in a joint custody situation – stigmatizes their children as the products of 'single parenthood' and makes the uncounted parent invisible to society. -Stephanie Coontz

The reason I stopped music for a while and concentrated on theatre was that it was more conducive to parenting; having the days free was quite handy. I love them both. I hope I don't have to compromise one for the other. -Johnny Flynn

With respect to parenting, biological age is not, for men, the concern it is for women. -Rumaan Alam

I've got letters from all over the world saying what you're describing as American parenting is Chilean middle-class parenting, or it is Finnish middle-class parenting, or it is Slovak middle-class parenting. -Pamela Druckerman

America's parenting customs can shock foreigners. -Pamela Druckerman

We Anglophones have reasons for adopting strange diets. Increasingly, we live alone. We have an unprecedented choice of foods, and we're not sure what's in them or whether they're good for us. And we expect to customize practically everything: parenting, news, medicines, even our own faces. -Pamela Druckerman

One of the many problems with parenting is that kids keep changing. Just when you're used to one stage, they zoom into another. -Pamela Druckerman

Remember that the problem with hyper-parenting isn't that it's bad for children; it's that it's bad for parents. -Pamela Druckerman

I do think that there's an art form to parenting, and I have nothing but admiration for those who do it well. -Elizabeth Berg

Any parent who says parenting came easily to them is not being honest with themselves. Parenting is hard. -Karamo Brown

People always want to give you advice about parenting. People who you've never met before will tell you you're doing something wrong. And it's quite similar in writing. People forget that you're a human; they just want to give you their advice. -Emma Healey

So much of my work is about children and/or parenting; it's something I'm drawn to without being able to completely articulate why. -Paul G. Tremblay

Do you think it is possible to increase your intellectual ability? For decades, I have studied the power of this belief to become reality and watched as the concept of maintaining a 'growth mindset' has taken root in education and parenting circles. -Carol S. Dweck

If the day ever came when we were able to accept ourselves and our children exactly as we and they are, then, I believe, we would have come very close to an ultimate understanding of what 'good' parenting means. -Fred Rogers

When I first learned I was pregnant with my son, I had only two firm convictions about parenting: I knew it was important, and I knew that I wanted to get it right. I was 29 at the time. -Kim Brooks

I don't want to believe it – that parenting itself makes art hard, that you must always sacrifice one for the other, that there is something inherently selfish and greedy and darkly obsessive in the desire to care as much about the thing you are writing or making as you do about the other humans in your life. What parent would want to believe this? -Kim Brooks

The desire to keep television out of our son's life was one of the few parenting priorities my husband and I agreed on from the beginning. We debated the pros and cons of co-sleeping, of pacifiers, of chemical-free crib mattresses and baby sign language. The television question, on the other hand, was a no-brainer. -Kim Brooks

I might be at the odd press conference with a little bit of spill on me because I'm not going to hide the imperfections of parenting. I don't think anyone needs that. -Jacinda Ardern

I do not wish to share any parenting responsibilities with Michael because he is doing so well without me. -Debbie Rowe

I've met many rich kids over the years. Many are very down to earth and work hard; they come from decent parenting. Others, however, are not. -Jesse Spencer

People discuss parenting the way they talk about denominations of faith. -Ty Burrell

Your skills may not be anything out of the ordinary, but you can do miraculous things with what you've got. Maybe it's your parenting skills, or your compassion. It may be your curiosity, your imagination or unique style of fashion. Even if it seems to be no big deal, the lesson here is we all have unique abilities and talents. -Chris Gardner

I have become more and more afraid about marriage and parenting. I think it's because I am getting older. Of course, there will be a lot to learn, and I also know that the experience will help in my acting. -Gong Yoo

The '70s were a different time as far as parenting was concerned. People left their kids in the car with the windows cracked while they went to the grocery store. -Ann Patchett

I was emancipated at 15. I went to school and had a full-time job and apartment, and ever since, I've been on my own, parenting myself. -Rosa Salazar

As parenting goes, knowing the whereabouts of one's children is pretty fundamental. -Katie Hopkins

My parents have always had this philosophy that overindulging your children is one of the worst things you could do as a parent. It's something that was hammered into my head growing up. And while my mom and dad are not professional authorities on parenting, I can confirm from experience that they had a point. -Dan Levy

It's not your responsibility to comment on parenting for others. I would hate if someone did that to me. -Kevin Jonas

A director's job is like parenting. You have to look after your actors like children, pay attention to each of their different abilities. -Kalki Koechlin

It's funny: everybody is going to have a little bit of different point of views when it comes to parenting. -Haylie Duff

In her second career as a minister, my mother defied a legacy of chauvinism to become a leader of our community, overseeing a church that served as a hub, offering parenting classes, a food pantry, after-school programming, and – in the wake of Hurricane Katrina – a lifeline to those ravaged by loss. -Stacey Abrams

As I started parenting, I realised there is no formula to it. -Sonali Bendre

The parenting books didn't work for me; I got my parenting lessons from everything but the books! And it was about figuring things out. So every time I had a thought, I would put down my conclusions and thoughts. -Sonali Bendre

Mum and Dad had high expectations of us as human beings – it wasn't just about education. It's a fantastic way to go about parenting, and I aspire to that. -Tim Minchin

There was kind of a no-nonsense parenting style that my parents had that was true of the time. Everything now… there are books, and there are websites, and there are blogs, and you're reading, and there's research. We're such an interconnected world now, and half the stuff they did was pretty terrible, but we somehow turned out fine. -Adam F. Goldberg

In many ways, I don't think journalism is any different from banking. And I don't think that banking is any different from parenting. -Stephanie Ruhle

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